Indie developer HumaNature Studios have released ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One for $19.99.
The crowdfunded sequel is the fourth game in the very 90s co-op series. Back in the Groove mostly re-imagines the original 1991 Sega Genesis ToeJam & Earl. It features isometric, randomly generated levels as the hip aliens attempt to find the missing pieces of their broken spaceship.
With the Earth accidentally destroyed, the aliens explore a series of increasingly challenging levels, avoiding earthlings, collecting random powerups, and leveling up. Each alien has their own stats when it comes to speed, health, luck, and power, and additional aliens can be unlocked.
One of the signature features of the original series was its cooperative local multiplayer. Back in the Groove features both dynamic split-screen co-op and online co-op.
“Our fans have waited a long time for a true sequel to the original Toejam & Earl game,” said Greg Johnson, founder of HumaNature Studios. “We’ve taken elements from Panic on Funkotron as well, and updated it all with fresh graphics, great funkadelic music, and an absolute ton of new features that emphasize replayability and multiplayer fun. I couldn’t be happier with how this game has turned out. I’m hoping our fans will feel like it’s just what they’ve been waiting for!”
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is rated E10+ for Crude Humor and Mild Cartoon Violence.